disintegrating chaos pours what I have described to you as the human being, which wasformed as I just described (lilac). What is actually physical is then formed, not through the
germ itself but through the processes taking place in the mother‘s body between the
embryo and the environment.
What descends from the spiritual world is thus actually placedinto the emptiness and is only then permeated with mineral substance
. What we have
described here is, as you may see, an absolutely transparent process.‖
―What he experiences in the passage through the planetary system before birth is, as it
were, the polar opposite to this. Something is imparted to the human being that he bringsdown with him from heaven to earth. Just as he bears out into the soul world something of what is in his astral body, by means of which he lives backward through his earthly life, sohe brings with him out of the cosmos something that then permeates his etheric body
something that has to do with his etheric body in the same way as what I have called theastral fruit of the earth has to do with our astral body. What he brings from the cosmosbears the same relationship to his etheric body as what he carries as astral fruit of the earth
bears to his astral body.‖
―I may therefore say that the human being brings with him from the cosmos the etheric
cosmic fruit. This etheric cosmic fruit actually lives on in his etheric body. From the firstmoment of his birth, the human being has in his etheric body something like a cosmic forceimpelling him forward, which works through his entire life. Karmic tendencies remainingfrom the past unite with this cosmic impelling force and are active in it.
―We thus are able to show how perceptibly karma is related to the real human being. While
telling ourselves that the human being has a pre-existent life, that he comes down fromspiritual heights into earthly physical life and incorporates his I and astral body into hisphysical body and etheric body, we may also say that the karma he brings with him from hisformer life on earth incorporates itself into the etheric impelling force that he brings alongwith him from the influence of the planetary system that preceded his earthly incorporation.
―Now you can grasp quite vividly how all that inwardly urges and impels the human being
can be quite practically calculated from the planetary relationships. In this way one can lookintimately into what is working in the human being and follow it out of the physical, senseactivity into the soul-spiritual world, whence man again carries it down into his physical,bodily existence on earth where it continues to work. These things can be given in all their
―In an amazing metaphor, Steiner imagines that a boy is asking what makes a freely
mounted magnetized needle move, and a reductionistic scientist explains to him that to find